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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Volume 59 Issue 45

An independent student publication of the University at Buffalo

UB professor heading team of engineers in Haiti By MATT MOSHER Managing Editor

After the initial shock of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and the proceeding days of aftershocks, the entire city has nearly been reduced to rubble. Yet some buildings still stand. That’s where Andre Filiatrault, a UB professor of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and director of

the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, and a team of 10 engineers and architects have offered their expertise. The MCEER team consists of French-speaking engineers to better understand the French-based Haitian Creole language of the people and government they are trying to help. While in Haiti, the team will be hard at work evaluating which buildings are safe

for the hundreds of thousands of residents that were left homeless to start reusing. Filiatrault said in an interview with the UB Reporter that close to 100 percent of the Port-au-Prince population is see QUAKE page 8 Photo: UB News Services Right: Buildings

such as this scatter the Haitain capital. A team of engineers is looking to fix them.

QUALITY OF CAMPUS CenterLIBRARIES headQUESTIONED Students demand better facilities By CAITLIN TREMBLAY Campus Editor

While students are taking to social networking sites to voice their concerns about the decay of UB’s library and computing services, university officials are insisting that plans are in the works to improve campus technology and expand learning areas. However, these plans are still in their very early stages and won’t take place until the UB2020 planning committee reviews them, leaving students clamoring for instant gratification for their rising concerns. “We just want the administration to be aware that we’re

dissatisfied with the current state of the libraries and study spaces,” said Paige Nyer, a senior communication major. In the past few days, it’s become clear that many UB students feel the same way. After completing a project on the library situation for one of her communication classes last semester, Nyer and her groupmates began a Facebook group called “Students Want Better UB Libraries,” which has rocketed to 1,426 members in a matter of days. Group members have already sparked lively discussions and the “wall” has exploded with st udents voicing their opinions about anything and everything — from computers and printing to ripped chairs and cracked drywall. “If you just look at the libraries, they’re disgusting. There [are] not enough computers for students and

everything is falling apart,” Nyer said. “We’re hoping to persuade students to take action and demand better services and facilities.” Currently UB has about 2,500 computers for a student population of nearly 30,000. “We’re looking to improve informal learning spaces, which is just a fancy word for places where students can comfortably use their notebook computer,” said Richard Lesniak, director of CIT’s academic services. According to Lesniak, these improvements are the most beneficial use of money, as a survey showed that 85 percent of UB students own notebook computers. “We’re trying to make campus spaces and classrooms more accessible for students to bring in their own machines. We’ve invested in power strips see LIBRARY page 2

NFTA makes plans to simplify system By JENNIFER GOOD City Editor

GUESS  WHAT The Spectrum is looking for next year’s editor in chief. Are you interested? The position, which is only open to undergraduate students, requires a great deal of time, commitment and professionalism for a publication that is going on its 60th year on this campus. Any student who has any questions can stop by 132 Student Union to talk to Stephen Marth, the current editor in chief. Interested parties can also e-mail him at stephen. marth@ubspectrum.com or call him at 716-645-8560. Letters of intent must be submitted to him by Friday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. They will only be accepted through e-mail. All candidates will meet with the paper’s editorial board in a closed session at a later date and will be elected after an interview process.

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UB students who use the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority system as means for transportation may be provided with smoother rides in the future. Due to a current system that causes inconvenience and high expenses to a solid chunk of the community, a plan was proposed Monday to the NFTA in order to make the Metro buses and trains “simpler and easier system to use,” according to Douglas Hartmayer, director of public affairs for the NFTA. The drafted proposal, presented by Transportation Management and Design to the NFTA’s board of commissioners, has yet to be accepted.

SUPER BULL Former Bulls offensive lineman Jamey Richard is playing in the Super Bowl. See Page 12

It aims to increase ridership and productivit y by removing the zone surcharges and transfer fees that currently exist. The statement’s highlighted elements included an expansion of the Metro Rail system, increasing bus and rail frequencies during peak times to 15 minutes or less within the highly traveled areas, reworking specified routes to make them faster by cutting out the least-used stops and by creating more park-and-ride lots, retaining weekday services and increasing Sunday routes. “We’re looking at being able to run buses especially in the core areas. City metro will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every 15 minutes … The suburban areas will run every 10 minutes,”

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NFTA is planning to mainstream their transportation services to make travel easier.

Hartmayer said. “This is as opposed to having to look at schedules, trying to find out when the next bus is going to come. You now will have

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the spontaneity of being able to come to a stop knowing [the transportation] will come at a see NFTA page 2

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Even God can’t give you your money back after seeing Legion.

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SISH loses Orrange and elects Conroy By ABRAHAM C.L. MUNSON-ELLIS Staff Reporter

Though former Student Association SISH Coordinator Nicholas Orrange is still being remembered, the organization has elected a new coordinator. Members of SISH clubs elected Andrew Conroy, president of True Blue, to the position Tuesday night, after a brief election period. “I want to showcase the clubs,” Conroy said. “With my experience,

I can hit the ground running.” Conroy ran against Brian Wittenberg, treasurer of the Mock Trial Club, and Hayley Cordaro, president of the Anime Club. Conroy won the election with 22 votes, while Wittenberg and Cordaro received 12 votes and five votes, respectively. Wittenberg’s platform revolved around his leadership role as a first-year officer and his pursuit of improving club engagement and interaction. “Common ground and familiarity

can build unity among clubs,” Wittenberg said. “With SISH being the largest and most diverse of UB club [groups], I want to eliminate conflict.” Cordaro hoped that, if elected, she could not just act as a liaison between SA and clubs, but also mandate the transition of temporary clubs to permanent clubs. “I want to improve club coexistence a nd improve clubs’ membership,” Cordaro said. SA Vice President Gregory

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Robbins and Joshua Boston, chairman of the Elections and Credentials Committee and former managing editor of The Spectrum, ran the evening meeting. While the election was on the top of the minds of many students, it isn’t stopping them from remembering their fallen friend. Orrange, who passed away in a one-car accident on Jan. 14, is being remembered by the Student Association with orange wristbands. The wristbands, similar to the

yellow LIVESTRONG ones, are being sold in SA’s office for $1. All proceeds will be donated to Orrange’s scholarship fund, which was set up at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, his alma mater. The wristbands will be available while supplies last. Additional reporting by Caitlin Tremblay, Campus Editor

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Decrease monthly fare NFTA from page 1 regular and frequent time since [the times] vary right now.” The pitch also plans to decrease the current monthly fare of $77 to $64. Since only about 5 percent of riders buy day passes, the current fare for a single ride of $1.75 will be maintained, and the day pass fee will increase from $4 to $5. These cost changes will hopef ully diminish the need for transfer zone charges which, according to Hartmayer, are viewed as tricky to decipher. The consultants believe that with such large improvements to the system, a significant enough number of new riders would start to use the service, especially in Buffalo – enough that the expenses of increasing the frequency of bus and rail service would not be felt. They predict that due to the ongoing UB 2020 project and consistently increasing traffic to the Buffalo-International Airport, support of the proposal will be significantly stronger. John Goldsmith, a student who commutes to Buffalo State College via NFTA transportation, feels that the changes within the proposal are likely to get a good reaction from the community. “Having to take the [NFTA] buses or trains is definitely not something I look forward to doing,” Goldsmith said. “If they were more frequent, cheaper, faster and reliable, I know I’d be a lot happier. I most likely

won’t still be around here when these changes happen, if they do at all, but if they do I’m sure a lot more people, students especially, would use the buses and trains. I really hate having to wait around to get where I need to be and it often makes me late, which is a pain.” Hartmayer supports the idea of improving the current express routes. He believes the current routes are not as time-efficient as they potentially could be. “The express routes generally come in from the suburbs, then come to the downtown central business district,” Hartmayer said. “It starts at Main and Transit and comes down Main Street, stopping all along the way, which defeats the purpose of a true express bus. Picking up people at park-and-ride will reduce the travel time, which makes that specific route more of an express route.” Though these big changes would take no less than a decade to be fully implemented, if accepted, the project would be done in phases starting as early as September. “Making this system easier to use will increase its usage by increasing the amenities. People will feel more inclined to use this. It will meet more of their needs, which will increase ridership, which then increases revenue,” Hartmayer said. “This is a vision, if you will, for improved transportation so that when all is said and done, these changes will make metro riding easy.” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

‘The lines are ridiculous’ LIBRARY from page 1 and furniture already,” Lesniak said. So far, Knox and the Baldy walkway have already received a technological facelift. However, not all students are satisfied with this plan. Many feel that UB would benefit from more computers and a better printing system, especially iprint@UB, which lets students print from their computers to UB printers. Currently, the program is not compatible with Macintosh computers. “Not every student has a laptop and for these reasons, UB needs more computers and more printers. The lines are ridiculous,” Nyer said. However, not all student concerns are based on library technology; some are concerned about the library catalogue itself, as UB is a research institution. Many of the comments on the Facebook group remark on all of the empty shelves in the libraries and the number of books that are supposed to be on the shelves, but aren’t. “A lot of times when I go into the library looking for a book, [the circulation desk] says it’s lost. Why don’t they replace lost books? Why are there empty shelves? Why not either fill them or remove them in favor of more desks, computers and study areas?” Nyer asks. According to Karen Senglaup, director of access services and the financial officer for UB Libraries,

the UB Libraries are currently home to 3.7 million books, 80,000 academic journals, 578,000 eBooks and the largest collection of James Joyce manuscripts in the world, but there are plans along with the UB2020 campus initiative to expand the libraries. “Everything is still in the early stages of planning, but there are things in the works,” Senglaup said. “We’re really excited about upgrading the library facilities, especially Capen and Lockwood, which are used the most.” Senglaup, along with Lesniak, wants students to know that their demands for better facilities have been heard and that action is being taken — but it can’t happen overnight. “We need time, money, space and the opportunity. We can’t renovate during the semester when these spaces are needed for classes. Students should know that we are planning to make changes and they will happen,” Lesniak said. Nyer hopes this is true, as she and her groupmates now feel personally involved in the cause. “During our project, we became very passionate about this topic and it’s something that will benefit all students,” Nyer said. “I hope the changes come and I hope they come soon.” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com


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Nursing program shuts door on students The UB School of Nursing caused quite a stir recently when it shut the program’s doors on 300 undergraduates. As a result, many of these students must transfer to other schools or switch majors. The reason for all the commotion is that the nursing program admitted too many students a few years ago and is now filled to capacity, no longer accepting applications into the major for the fall of 2010. The school cites over-admittance and too little funding for the lack of spaces in the program. How was this not foreseen? The nursing major is highly competitive and nothing is guaranteed, but it’s a little ridiculous that the school isn’t letting students apply. Many of the prospective students have transferred here for a chance to get into the program. The school informed students of the situation on Jan. 19; however, the add/drop date without financial penalty is Jan. 15. Students who were taking courses related to the major are now locked into classes they do not need. The school blames a variety of factors for the timing, such as the fact that fall grades were not posted until early January and the review process of grades for those already in the program took a long time. That doesn’t fly. These students, although not guaranteed a spot in the program, deserved to be notified of such information immediately. If the reviews were done and not sent out because of a long weekend, that’s incredible foolish.

Students today check their e-mails maybe 20 to 30 times a day. The sad part is that such events could have been avoided. The school must maintain a watchful eye on the number of students enrolled, while giving timely updates to all. Some changes should come out of this issue. The process of how students are admitted is due for a review. Students should no longer be directly admitted into the nursing program before taking classes on campus. Let the GPAs speak for the students. As for the 300 students left out in this case, the school can do the right thing and offer as much assistance as possible. These students will need other programs to attend if they still want to become nurses. The school must have ties with other universities to help these students fulfill their dreams of becoming nurses. In fact, these students are more needed then ever, given the growing shortage of nurses in the medical profession. Helping them out will go a long way toward restoring the faith lost by this unfortunate series of events. A further step might be refunding the tuition money of those students locked into y that to 300 hardworking students is wrong, no matter how the situation is viewed. This wasn’t done on purpose to hurt these students, but the School of Nursing must still be held accountable for its actions. Hopefully, the program will do the right thing in this case.

Obama’s measure to help middle class Americans

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Wake up, America. Why are we donating millions upon millions of dollars to Haiti now? Relax. I’ve seen the news, I’ve read the articles, and I know the facts. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake is the hardest to hit the country in more than a century. Though it happened six miles underground, it shook and destroyed buildings for more than half-a-minute and there were at least 50 aftershocks, 15 of which exceeded a magnitude of 5.0. According to The Washington Post, just over 112,000 dead bodies have been found and close to 200,000 Haitians have been injured. What’s worse is that we’ll never Andrew Wiktor know exactly how many innoSenior Sports Editor cent people actually perished due to the earthquakes. The people of Haiti are still looking for relatives lost in the rubble. We’ve all seen newspaper articles highlighting extraordinary survivor stories. Some depicted people who were discovered more than a week after the dust settled, clinging to dear life. At the same time, each of us has unfortunately been subjected to video footage showing countless others who were not as lucky. We’ve been subjected to watching bodies of children and limbs of women being carried away from the debris. So what have Americans done? They’ve donated money. Shocking. On the surface, this seems honorable. However, most of this money can’t even be used yet, so your donations are not effecting change. see WIKTOR page 9

Fighting for the middle In another announcement by a more assertive White House, President Barack Obama introduced initiatives to help fortify the struggling middle class of this country. On Monday, the president disclosed to the American public measures that aim to help families pay for child care, save for retirement, pay off student loans and care for the elderly. The president declared “the reverse of the overall erosion in middle class security.” On the surface, the plan seems a little out of place, considering that unemployment in the United States is over 10 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Many would call for the government to roll out more plans to foster job creation. But remember that the stimulus package currently in place wasn’t meant to go into full swing until this year and next. This middle class plan looks to stabilize an already battered section of American society. The American middle class was hurting even before the latest economic crisis. These new policies are aimed at the millions of American families that are paying for college and taking care of elderly parents. One of the president’s proposals is to ask Congress to double the child care tax credit for families earning less than $85,000 dollars a year. If passed, this would lower taxes on such families by $900. However, the tenet getting the most headlines is the cap on federal loan payments for recent college graduates at 10 percent of their income above a basic living stipend. College students will love this. This would cost the American taxpayer around $1 billion

Haiting American “compassion”

dollars. Not a huge price to pay to help young Americans pay off their debt from schooling. The other proposals, such as allowing more financing help to families who care for elderly relatives, would cost a little more than $100 million. That’s a trifling amount in the budget, considering most programs are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. To push American citizens to save more, there is the paycheck deduction program that simply encourages workers to save and includes tax credits for companies to offset administrative costs. Opponents of such measures might consider this a ploy by the government to remake every aspect of American society. There are far more pressing issues at hand, such as health care reform and economic recovery. But since when is looking out for a huge section of America a bad choice? These plans won’t cost the country much. If anything, they will provide further support and let families worry about one less thing. Look at the big picture, America, don’t let the talking heads eschew the issues. Each plan by the president fits into a larger role. “None of these steps alone will solve all the problems facing the middle class,” President Obama said, “but hopefully some of these steps will re-establish some of the security that has slipped away.” While this plan is on issues that are much less headline-worthy, they still affect the American people. Democratic governments should make the lives of their citizens better, not worse.

Dreams destroyed People spend the majority of their college lives trying to find a job that they will enjoy doing for the rest of their days as members of society. Many aren’t fortunate enough to find something that they love and settle for something that will pay the bills. I am glad to say I found what I want to do; however, getting a degree in it from UB is not an option. Students may not be aware of something here at our fine institution called the Special Major Program. This alternative educational route is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and allows students to create their own curriculum to obtain a degree in an area of their liking. Those that want to apply need to complete 36 credit Christopher Di Matteo hours in their field, get the supSenior Arts Editor port from two professors and write an essay explaining why they deserve the degree, what they learned in their field and how they will pursue a career in the area. They then fill out an application that makes receiving a lobotomy look like fun. After completing these tasks, students can just hand in their application – so it can get looked over by a board of some of UB’s highest ranked professors – or they can look over it with an academic adviser. How great is it that there is someone at UB that is willing to help students and make sure they can graduate with the degree of the dreams? It would be great, but it doesn’t happen. Do not get me wrong; every experience I’ve had speaking with advisers about my decided major has been excellent. Each time I met with Brian Waldrop, he encouraged me to do more and really made me believe I will be successful. see DIMATTEO page 8

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A resignation explanation To the editor, Last Friday’s paper contained a clip concerning my resignation from Sub Board I,Inc. Since I was never contacted for a personal touch on the matter, I felt inclined to do so at this point. Enclosed is my resignation letter originally intended for the Sub Board I, Board of Directors. With this disclosure I hope to clear up any questions or concerns pertaining to this matter, in its entirety.

As of this Friday, December 18th at 5:00 PM I would like to resign from my position of Treasurer of Sub Board I, Inc. With this resignation I am also resigning all of my responsibilities pertaining to both the position and the corporation. I will be very busy with another position and academics next semester, and will not be able to offer the level of commitment required of someone in the position of Treasurer. I have nothing but the best things to say about Sub Board I, its staff, and board members. I would like to thank Sub Board I for all they have done for me and wish the corporation well in the upcoming year. Sincerely, Nicholas M. Baxter SUNY Delegate

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AR T S & LI F E Not a tragedy after all By JOHN HUGAR

Shane Fallon

Staff Reporter

Life Editor

I saw the sign It’s amazing the state of inconceivable stupidity one can be allowed to sink into. The worst kind is when it is self-induced. Most of this general reality-avoiding indolence is brought about by one of the more heart-warming aspects of human life: a relationship. The last thing I’m saying is that all relationships make people idiotic, overly happy, chirpy freaks. That’s not only mean-spirited, but an enormously general statement, and above all things I despise reducing people to mere sectors of single, married, etc. What I am saying is that I have seen far too many otherwise educated, street-smart, and compassionate people become idiotic, overly happy, chirpy freaks after they have found a partner. Proverbial salt is added to my wounds when it is revealed that my friend or acquaintances’ new “companion” is a complete and total jerk not just to me, but to strangers, other friends and best of all, their respective partners. Dear, oh dear. Where have all the smart people gone? Again, pre-Valentine’s neuroses appear to be rearing their ugly heads. What baffles me the most about this entire cryptogram of human sentiment is what one is willing to give up in the name of what we believe is love. Not too long ago, I was involved with someone who I was entirely willing to give up much of “myself” for. That included staying in Buffalo, a place I’ve wanted to leave almost since I arrived, for graduate school. It meant giving up time with family and friends, forgoing adventure on Saturday nights and ceasing to take off for a spontaneous destination on a whim. It also resulted in watching aimless television on weeknights instead of poring over the novels I’ve been obsessed with since adolescence. In a sense, I was becoming a stranger in my own life. When this particular relationship ended, I felt like my world had crumbled and I had lost everything. Yet in the end, I can’t help but be compelled to feel that after all of this, I have actually found someone. Me. What separates a good relationship from a godawful one is, without a doubt, the amount of mutual regard and respect that is involved. Your partner should embrace you just as you are, and be willing to make you a part of their life without it being some kind of enormous undertaking. Someone see FALLON page 8

With the Cowboys out of the Super Bowl picture, the team’s players don’t have much to focus on. That is, unless you’re one of the three players rocking the metal scene in your spare time. Free Reign, which formed about a year ago, features current Dallas Cowboys Cory Procter, Marc Colombo, and Leonard Davis, alongside local guitarist Justin Chapman. Their debut EP, Tragedy, is a five-song EP featuring surprisingly solid riffs and very convincing vocals. Album opener “In Your Head” begins ominously, with a guitar tone similar to System of a Down’s “Toxicity.” As the song the builds up, it follows a technique the band often uses, getting faster and more frantic as it goes along. Next up is the title track, which has influences of old-school artists Megadeth and Slayer, with a bit of Disturbed thrown in for good measure. The album is not exactly original, but it gets the job done. None of these songs are especially memorable, but they are worthy of listening to and show that the

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Dallas Cowboys tackle the metal scene head on as Free Reign.

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group has more potential than a cynical metal head might think. Other than somewhat generic tunes, the main thing keeping this album from being great is its generic lyrics. Whether it’s the angst-du-jour of the title track, or the macho posturing of “Rise Up,” the songs are not saying anything that hasn’t been said before. They are severely weighed down by an overdependence on clichés. Still, this is a decent album due to its loud,

Tragedy

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SO BAD, IT’S A SIN By ERIC HILLIKER Arts Editor

Rating : F The Bible contains some of the most influential tales ever written. It is a deeply moving tome and Hollywood has once again decided to adapt it – this time with more bullets, explosions, and all the nuances of a Michael Bay film. Director a nd w riter Scot t Stewa r t ’s f irst feature film, Legion is an absurd action/thriller that takes Christian holy texts and spins them in the worst and most idiotic way possible. The film, though, is far from anything holy, quickly spiraling into an obtuse mess. In Legion, the story echoes that of Noah and the flood, but instead of boats and water, there are big guns and creepy monsters. It turns out that God has lost faith in humanity due to the awful way people have been acting, illustrated by some poor political allegories.

God, in his almighty wisdom and omnipotence, sets out a convoluted plan involving zombie-like people who kill the child of a waitress named Charlie (Adrianne Palicki, Women in Trouble). Why? Well, the film never really explains. Maybe God just really hates kids. Standing in Heaven’s way is former archangel Michael (Paul Bettany, Creation), who still has faith in humanity and decides to protect them. The ex-angel decides to fight the armies of Heaven in the best way possible – lots and lots of guns. After the initial setup, the story stalls and goes nowhere. The beginning is intriguing, but the movie quickly devolves into people standing around and shooting at monsters in boring action scenes. The film drags until a highly predictable ending. The script is truly terrible. The only good thing that could be said about it is that it has an interesting concept. The rest of it is filled with ham-fisted, overwrought dialogue. For such

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Legion is anything but heavenly.

an absurd film, it takes itself way too seriously. The end result is a boring, pedestrian movie. The poor writing doesn’t stop at the story, but extends to the characters as well. Although Stewart presents a large cast of characters, not one is really all that interesting. It is extremely hard to care about characters with the fate of mankind in their hands if they are paper thin and riddled with clichés. For being the mother of the savior of humankind, Palicki is

A failed attempt at redemption By JAMES TWIGG Asst. Arts Editor

Jeff Schneeweis has returned with his Christian indie-rock band turned solo project, Number One Gun, with its fourth studio album, To the Secrets and Knowledge. But is this album worthy of praise or damnation? Since breaking onto the scene with its 2002 EP Forever, Number One Gun quickly made a name for itself, gaining a footing in the indie subculture. Recently, however, the band has slowly begun to fade back into obscurity. Schneeweis hopes to bring his work back into the light with his latest 10-track album. Unfortunately, however, the project lacks the originality, content and hooks to make it a success. The album opens up with a mediocre song entitled “The Victory.” Between the Chris Conley-reminiscent scream backs and the ear bud-bouncing synth, the track comes

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off more as a mix between Saves the Day and The Postal Service rather than its own original effort. “Forest” is the third track on the album and does not help Number One Gun’s shot at redemption. From the lyrics to the overall sound, the song feels like it belongs on The Starting Line’s Based On a True Story, only without managing to capture the hooks heard on the Philly-based pop punk band’s album. Apart from “The People,” a failed attempt at a moving acoustic number, the second half of the album melds together in a blend of sound-alike tracks. The songs have no original aspects, making it impossible to tell them apart. The album closes things out with the true saving grace of the album: a cover of the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believing.” Even though the song falls short of the Journey original, it’s still the most impressive work on the album and is, hands see GUN page 7

given very little to do. Aside from an opening monologue, the character is given little development, leaving a one-dimensional lead. This is a problem, since Legion’s entire premise is balanced on whether she lives or dies. Palicki’s angelic hero Michael is the only slightly redeeming factor in Legion. For a time, it is entertaining seeing Bettany slay monsters effortlessly, but that shtick gets old quick. The see LEGION page 7


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Kickin’ butt By JESSICA BRANT Asst. Life Editor

Student groups united in promoting a smoke-free campus by kicking it up a notch during the Kickin’ Butt at UB celebration in the Student Union on Tuesday. The UB Kickline club, UB Dazzlers and UB Tae-KwonDo Club inspired students to quit smoking and raise awareness about the smoke-free policy through kickbutt performances that thrilled and amused all. For many supporters of the UBreathe Free policy, 2010 is a year of change. Sharlynn Daun-Barnett, an alcohol and tobacco drug prevention specialist for Wellness Education Services, believes that progress is being made. “Slowly we’re seeing the change … [students] don’t come out of classes and smell smoke right away, [so the policy] is making some people rethink the habit,” said Daun-Barnett. People desiring more information about the policy were invited to seek it at one of the many booths set up around the Union. These included the “Kick the Habit” booth, where quit tips were offered, and the “Kick Your Cravings” booth, where students munched on healthy snacks, such as raisins and celery. “Instead of taking a negative spin on the UBreathe Free policy, we wanted to take a positive one with the ‘kick back’ tips,” said Melanie Warren, a senior health and human services major and a coordinator for

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Students joined together in the Student Union on Tuesday to celebrate UB’s continued efforts toward a smoke free campus.

the event. In addition to informing people about the UBreathe Free policy, Daun-Barnett and volunteers with WES made it a goal to inform students about new resources, programs and measures that are being taken to stop more students from smoking. Through Quit Smoking Drop-In Clinics, which are being offered on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., WES is dedicated to helping students understand their addiction. The Quit Coach program is also a valuable resource. Students, faculty, and staff who want to quit are paired with a pharmacy student who acts as a quit coach. The student and quit coach meet several times over the course of a three-month period. Quit Clinics are of use to students who are affected on a more emotional level, as many may know someone

Album falls short GUN from page 5 down, the most fun to listen to. When all is said and done, the album fails to make any kind of lasting impression. The music isn’t anything horrible, but it never comes off as its own. To the Secrets and

actor is able to convey one thing during the film: brooding. An actor with Bettany’s skill is truly wasting potential here. The rest of the cast is made up of patrons of a gas station. Yes, they are as clichéd and cookie-cutter as the others. Kyle Williams, played by Tyrese Gibson (Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen), embodies the formulaic tough guy with the heart of gold. He joins the group of uninteresting characters and the audience couldn’t care less what happens to him or his relationship with the equally boring Audrey (Willa Holland, Middle of Nowhere.) Dennis Quaid (Pandorum) plays

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close to them who smokes. Staff members advise students about how to talk to a friend or family member about quitting. Besides informing students, the event’s main purpose, Daun-Barnett stresses, was to show gratitude toward those who have complied with the policy. “We want to show appreciation to people who are complying,” DaunBarnett said. “[Volunteers] who see people [obeying the policy] offer them a coupon for a free gift, and they just bring that to [Wellness Services] before Feb. 12. When they see people smoking in inappropriate places, they are given a policy card.” Students were given the chance to be a part of WES’s documentary about UBreathe Free at the

Bob Hanson, the owner of the gas station. This is another case of Legion wasting its more talented actors. Aside from giving some truly horrible speeches, Quaid’s character joins the other cast members in doing nothing aside from blasting away at monsters. Jeep Hanson (Lucas Black, Get Low) is Bob’s son and he doesn’t fare any better than the others. Definitely one of the low points of the cast, Black delivers some cringe-worthy lines that are nearly unbearable. Legion is the Holy Bible of a bad movie. Filled with bad acting, horrendous writing, and a stupid story, it is a movie that would make the baby Jesus cry.

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strictly focusing on the gridiron. Either way, the band made a debut album that exceeded expectations and proved that jocks can rock – which, in all fairness, is a pretty solid accomplishment. E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com

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QUAKE from page 1 sleeping in tents or outdoors. The team has been selected by the United Nations as its interim lead coordinating team and will be assessing infrastructure and many different buildings, including hospitals and private buildings, according to the article. “In Haiti, the damage the country has sustained to its infrastructure and to its population is so extensive that it is largely up to the international community to conduct these inspections,” Filiatrault said. “Once we have assessed the safety of the most critical structures, then those facilities that are deemed safe can be fully utilized for relief efforts – in particular hospitals, food storage and distribution centers and ports.” Filiatrault said the lack of knowledge regarding earthquakes in the country has added to the hardship of the disaster, adding that it is “disturbing” to see hospitals not being utilized due to the fear of aftershocks, although some of the buildings are fine. People are being treated outdoors and under tents, suffering from not only their wounds, but the Caribbean heat as well. Despite the devastated condition

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Professor Andre Filiatrault of the city, Filiatault and the team have been making progress and have kept busy with requests from the UN, local schools and hospitals. “Things are going well for our team despite difficult conditions we encounter daily in the field,” Filiatrault said in the article. “This work is pretty intense and the environment is rough, both physically and psychologically. Many cases are difficult, but at the same time inspiring.” The team consists of engineers from institutions and businesses around the country and has paired

with Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, a national nonprofit organization that helps with renewable energy, sanitation and clean water. Members of the AIDG-MCEER team include Reginald DesRoches from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Wassim Ghannoum of the University at Texas, Caroline Zennie of Parsons Corporation, Scott Dehollander of MRB Group and Eddy Germain of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Established in 1986, MCEER is headquartered at UB and is “dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events,” according to its Web site. MCEER has assisted in many disasters since its creation, including relief and assessment efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Members also traveled to Asia in 2004 after a tsunami off the Indian Ocean killed nearly 230,000 people. Filiatrault and the team will return on Friday. E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

Dream degree out of reach DIMATTEO from page 3 This is why I was so shocked when a different adviser in the same office was the antithesis of his title. A certain head of the Special Major Program did advise me, but made me feel bad about myself and

made it seem like I would never be able to get a degree in journalism. This adviser told me when I handed in my application that it would not be looked at for a number of reasons. First, I was told my application would not be accepted because, by law, UB could not give a degree in journalism. This is due to the fact that another SUNY school within the area, Buffalo State, offers a special program in the area of study. This is despite the fact that the Special Major Web site lists journalism as one of the degrees students have obtained through the program. The second reason that my dream degree was out of reach was because there were 10 other students applying for a special major. Well, this I certainly understood; I wouldn’t want to inconvenience the board members after writing an essay and filling out a tedious application. I am just glad that students’ dreams can get pushed to the side because a group doesn’t want to look over more than 10 applications. Finally, the main reason my application was not looked at was because one of the professors that signed off on my application was an adjunct professor and, because of that, was therefore unqualified to support. I will admit that this was my fault, but when I tried explaining why I chose this adjunct, the adviser raised his voice and didn’t let me speak, simply saying, “It is the board that makes the decision, not me.” I chose this adjunct in particular because I had worked with him when I wrote a story about a study he conducted. This professor saw me work as a professional, so I believe that he would be someone that really

could recommend me. I explained this all in the application essay, but that was never looked at. The harsh, abrasive and just plain rude adviser went on to tell me that even if the board looked at my application, there is a good chance it would not be accepted. According to them, they didn’t know what academic credit I have received from writing here at The Spectrum, which is something I find to be offensive. I know that I have learned from working with the paper. Over a month after I applied, I called to check the status of my application because I had not heard one word about it. My application indeed did not even get looked at, but surprisingly the adviser apologized for not informing me earlier. I was told that if I had a professor sign off on it, I could apply, but it is still unknown if my curriculum would be accepted. By writing this column, there is a great chance I will never get that degree now, but I really don’t mind. I stand beside my belief that the adjunct professor that supported me is plenty qualified to do so. Either way, this will not deter me from pursuing a career in journalism. If I offended anyone on the Special Major board, I am truly sorry. I do not know who any of you are and understand it was my fault that I did not have a “suitable professor” sign off on my application. I am just amazed that someone would be so rude and have such a negative attitude, when everyone else in that office was incredibly helpful. E-mail: chris.dimatteo@ubspectrum.com

Finding someone is difficult FALLON from page 5 who shares your interests, respects them, and doesn’t want to hide you away from the rest of the planet. Finding someone at any age like that is difficult. Finding someone like that at 21 is next to impossible. Therefore, with the hangover from my most recent breakup beginning to abate, I will be spending a lot of my much-deserved free time getting to know myself again. Instead of slowly murdering my brain with mindless reality TV, I’ll be

in the drawing room with my novels. Instead of falling asleep in someone else’s bedroom at 10 p.m. on a Saturday, I’ll be hitting the town with my dearest friends. And finally, instead of staying in Buffalo for the rest of my life, I’ll be taking off for Italy come May and wiping the dust of this town off my feet. With all that in mind, this year, I really don’t mind being my own Valentine. E-mail: shane.fallon@ubspectrum.com


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An insider’s look at sushi By JENNIFER HARB Staff Writer

Sushi is one of the few cuisines that, although popular, is complex and difficult to prepare without special training. The fragile art of rolling and wrapping is often underestimated, requiring each component to be perfectly prepared in order for the roll to be worth consuming. Philip Limina, a sushi chef at Seabar, one of Buffalo’s premier restaurants for Japanese cuisine, admits that one of the most difficult steps in preparing sushi is perfecting the rice. “It must have correct consistency [and be] sticky enough to hold all the ingredients together, but not so sticky as to lose the individual grains,” Limina said. The rice must first be prepared in a rice cooker and then, while it’s still hot, marinated with sushi vinegar - a mixture made of equal parts of rice vinegar and sugar. The sushi vinegar must never be stirred into the rice, as it would result in a porridge-like mixture. Instead, it must be cut into the rice to obtain equal distribution. According to Limina, the next step in creating the roll is quickly patting the rice onto pressed seaweed, called nori. “The speediness of this step is crucial,” Limina said. “If the rice

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lays on the nori too long, it will become soggy and will pinch when the roll is … cut.” Once the rice and ingredients have been placed on the nori, the sushi roll, or maki, is placed in a bamboo mat called a maki su. The maki su is folded over twice into a tight, square roll, and is then cut into six or eight equal pieces to be served. When ordering sushi, the fears associated with eating raw or undercooked fish often plague the minds of consumers. However, health related risks diminish when the fish is of a higher grade and quality. According to Limina, the first grade, or the sashimi-grade, of tuna

is extremely fresh and may be consumed raw, but often costs between $22 and $24 for a single pound. The second grade of tuna is typically cooked as a filet, and the third grade is of the lowest quality and can be found at any local grocery store in the canned foods aisle. Many sushi-lovers also harbor the fear of mercury poisoning. However, this type of poisoning is not likely, unless one is consuming large amounts of fish on a daily basis. “Typically, the larger the fish, the higher the mercury content and the more likely the fish is to contain parasites,” Limina said. Fish used for sushi are generally

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celebration, and many shared their opinions on what changes they have observed on campus and what things seem to be remaining the same. “I think once it becomes [accepted] that you’re not allowed to smoke on campus at all, we will see more change,” said Tegan Leach, a junior computer science major. “How much change we see depends on the consequences that follow … [The policy] has to be

enforced. If someone gets a hefty fine, that will be an encouragement to both them and others who hear about it [to act in accordance].” Dragana Abramovic, a freshman biology major, thought that the theme of the event was inventive and creative. She believes that though it may not change everyone’s attitude toward UBreathe Free and smoking in general, it will get the message out there. “I thought it was pretty cool,” Abramovic said. “This will raise awareness. It was a fun show to

Donating money is easy WIKTOR from page 3

Haiti – the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere – needed money before the earthquake struck. Haitian buildings and houses were so poorly constructed that it’s no surprise that one natural catastrophe would have such horrendous ramifications. So why didn’t America donate money earlier to prevent such an occurrence? It’s not as if scientists weren’t aware that earthquakes posed a serious threat in the region of the Caribbean. In fact, according to an article in The New York Times, Dr. Eric Calais, a geophysicist at Purdue University, admits that the fault that ruptured “had been building up strain since the last major earthquake in Portau-Prince, 240 years ago.” We knew a catastrophe was in the making, yet we displayed our care and support only after a tragedy occurred. All of a sudden our country cares about these people who, on average, live on roughly $2 a day. We weren’t donating money for them to revamp the infrastructure of their cities in order to prevent such a disaster, but now that one happened, we’re quick to publically open our wallets. The United States and World Bank have given $100 million in aid; “Hope for Haiti,” a recent international telethon involving celebrities who probably couldn’t have located the country on a map before January 12,

raised $57 million in about an hour; and at least 10 NBA players donated $1,000 for every point they scored in their games last Friday. As a country, Haiti produces about $7 billion in goods and services every year. World donations have already reached 10 percent of that figure. The money keeps pouring in. And it still means nothing. Most of the donations can’t even be used because the country is in such turmoil that there are no roads to transport materials, food, and tents to the areas in need. But keep writing checks. You’ll get a nice tax write-off. Instead of blindly texting away cash, people should start following the actions of Philadelphia 76ers’ center Samuel Dalembert and the Heaton family of Nebraska. On top of donating $130,000, Dalembert took the next step and returned to his homeland to offer a helping hand wherever possible. The Heaton family adopted two girls who became orphans after the quake. Bettania, 7, and Dieunette, 2, were flown into Pittsburgh after the United States loosened their visa requirements and then flew to their new home in Nebraska, where they have been living for the past week. It’s in middle-America that these girls will grow up healthy, safe and comfortable. Dalembert and the Heatons were concerned and involved with Haiti before the quake. It didn’t take a

natural disaster to wake them up and they didn’t just throw money at the problem. Instead, through offering their time and commitment, they demonstrated their compassion and ability to make a difference. When a natural catastrophe strikes and the spotlight is on, America can’t be pulled away from front and center. But I’m less concerned with the lead and more interested in who was working stage crew before opening night. Donating money is easy. Donating time is real. E-mail: andrew.wiktor@ubspectrum.com

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farm-raised, although some individuals argue that they can distinguish a noticeable difference in taste between wild fish and those found on the farm. Often, the difference goes unnoticed by the inexperienced sushi eater. When ordering sushi, consumers will receive additional pickled ginger and wasabi with their selection. Many believe that the purpose of pickled ginger is to add to the flavor of the sushi. However, Limina says that it should be used to clear the palate between different types of sushi. The wasabi is meant to add some spice to the cuisine and should be used with caution. From sashimi to maki rolls, there are a number of choices offered at sushi restaurants for even the most difficult of palates. Those who can’t stomach the thought of possibly ingesting raw fish can opt for meals that contain cooked fish, or even no fish at all, like a well-done teriyaki dish. Limina encourages everyone to be adventurous and try the masterfully prepared creation of sushi at least once.

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P O L I C E 1/12 — A pair of eyeglasses was taken from a vehicle in the Fronczak parking lot. 1/18 — A person stole a GPS and a stereo from a vehicle at South Lake Village. 1/19 — Lawrence J. Lewandowski was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs on Flint Road. 1/19 — Two house keys and two UB keys were lost on Frontier Road. 1/19 — An unidentified subject damaged a vehicle mirror in the Furnas parking lot. 1/19 — A person was taken to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation after taking pills. 1/20 — A person who had a seizure was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Capen Hall. 1/20 — An unidentified subject damaged the drywall in Spaulding Quadrangle. 1/21 — There was a hit and run in the Jarvis parking lot when an unknown vehicle struck another vehicle. 1/21 — A person was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Capen Hall after having a seizure. 1/21 — A person was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Alumni Arena for an injured finger. 1/21 — Lucas A. Cellino was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test.

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1/21 — A vehicle was struck by another vehicle in the Michael Hall parking lot. 1/21 — A person stole items from the CVS in the Commons. 1/22 — Jason S. Steinberg was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment and loitering at Diefendorf Loop. 1/22 — A person was taken from Goodyear Loop to Erie County Medical Center for an alcohol overdose and referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary. 1/22 — An iPod was taken from an unlocked room in Goodyear Hall. 1/23 — A student was taken from Wilkeson Quadrangle to Erie County Medical Center for an alcohol overdose and referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary. 1/23 — UPD assisted Amherst Police when shots were fired at the Residence Inn on Maple Road. 1/23 — A suicidal person was taken from Porter Quadrangle to Erie County Medical Center. 1/23 — A student was taken from Fargo Quadrangle to Erie County Medical Center for an alcohol overdose and was referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary. 1/23 — A student was taken from South Lake Village to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for a nosebleed.

1/23 — A person was taken from MacDonald Hall to Erie County Medical Center for flu symptoms. 1/23 — A person was referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession at Red Jacket Quadrangle. 1/23 — Six students were referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession in Clinton Hall. 1/24 — Two students were referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary for alcohol consumption in Spaulding Quadrangle. 1/24 — A student was referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary for disorderly conduct at Clement Hall. 1/24 — An unidentified subject stole two wallets with credit cards from Clement Hall. 1/25 — A student was referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary for refusing to vacate the building during a fire alarm in Red Jacket Quadrangle. 1/25 — An unattended laptop was stolen from Parker Hall. 1/25 — A person pulled the fire alarm in Clemens Hall. There was no fire. 1/25 — A person stole an iPod on a bus on North Campus. 1/25 — A Blackberry was taken from a private office at Clark Hall.

Richard not the only former Bull in the Super Bowl BOWL from page 12 In the 2008 NFL Draft, the 6-foot 5-inch, 295-pound offensive guard/center was selected by Indianapolis with the 236th pick in the seventh round. With one phone call from Colts general manager Bill Polian and former head coach Tony Dungy, Richard went from perennial loser to a rookie on a prestigious team. For a seventh-round draft pick, making a 53-man roster is a tough task. While few are fortunate enough to even make a team’s practice squad, Richard found himself in the starting lineup. After an injury to veteran Jeff Saturday, Richard was called upon to start at center against Chicago. From there, Richard started seven games and saw action at both guard positions and on special teams. He earned his first-career touchdown after recovering a fumble in the end zone against Tennessee

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out of the stands and celebrate the on-field trophy presentation.” For Richard, the reality of making it to the Super Bowl has yet to settle in. For a guy that came from the UB Stadium locker room, playing on the world’s most glorified stage still seems like a dream. “It’s been unreal. From winning the game to trying to take it all in, it’s crazy. I can’t even explain it,” Richard said. “I haven’t thought about it really all that much for the fact that I’m still in awe of where I was two days ago in the AFC Championship.” Richard will not be the only Buffalo alumnus to represent the blue and white in Miami, as former quarterback Drew Willy is a member of the Indianapolis practice squad. The Colts’ third-string quarterback will not be on the active roster, but will receive a Super Bowl ring should the team win. The only other Bull to ever participate in a Super Bowl is all-time great Gerry Philbin. Philbin played for the New York Jets, who, ironically, upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.

defeated Richard Starks of Army in the semifinals. While Starks got the best of Hamel last year, Hamel prevailed in double-overtime, 4-2. Hamel advanced to the finals but fell to Cornell’s Cam Simaz, 14-2. Two freshmen made first-time appearances at the New York State Championships. Freshman Andrew Schutt earned a respectable fourth place finish in the 141-pound weight class, while redshirt-freshman Josh Peters finished third in the 184pound weight class. Senior Dan Bishop finished in third place in the

125-pound weight class. Buffalo returns home on Saturday as it hosts Ohio in the conference home opener. During the meet, the Bulls and the Division of Athletics will host “Takedown Cancer,” a benefit to honor former Buffalo wrestling captain Jeff Parker. Proceeds will be donated to Carly’s Club of Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Parker’s hometown of Boston, Mass. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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Another historic storyline HAMMILL from page 12 why I love sports. It’s the unscripted drama you could never get from a movie. If Hollywood scripted sports, Favre wouldn’t have thrown that interception. He would have won the Super Bowl for a storybook ending to his long career. But that’s not how it happened.

As a result, we get another historic storyline: The Saints advance to the Super Bowl for the first time ever and lift the spirits of The Big Easy after Hurricane Katrina. As for Favre, we’ll just have to do what we always do - wait and see if he’ll retire, or come back, or both. E-mail: luke.hamill@ubspectrum.com


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January 27, 2010

SP O R T S FROM

BULL TO BOWL

Luke Hammill Asst. Sports Editor

Favre’s Viking quest I’ve never been a Brett Favre fan. He’s one of those polarizing figures in sports, like the New York Yankees or Kobe Bryant. Either you love him, or you hate him. There was always something about the way that people incessantly worshiped Favre that turned me off. I got sick of hearing about him every five minutes, and I disapproved of how he retired and un-retired in recent years. I was looking forward to a Favre-free season when he retired after a one-year stint with the New York Jets. When training camps opened at the start of the year I could finally breath a sigh of relief. But then Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings. So I prepared for another season of the Favre circus. I comforted myself with the thought that there was no way that the old geezer would succeed; I expected his tenure with Minnesota to be exactly like his miserable season with the New York Jets. Then Favre threw for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, and a career-low seven interceptions. Even a hater like myself can’t deny how amazing Favre has been this season. Like Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy, he’s a man. He’s 40. But unlike any other 40-year-old, he posted remarkable numbers in a league full of players who are younger, faster, and more athletic than him. What he accomplished is truly remarkable. That’s why even I felt bad for Favre this past weekend. With 19 seconds left in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Favre’s Vikings were tied at 28 with New Orleans. The Vikings had the ball on the Saints’ 38-yard line, just outside kicker Ryan Longwell’s field goal range. Favre had played well up to this point and had his team in position to advance to the Super Bowl. Then disaster struck. Favre threw an ugly interception to send the game into overtime. The Saints won the coin toss and Minnesota never got the ball back. New Orleans won, 31-28. The interception might have very well been the last play in Favre’s storied career. Favre was a few yards and a Longwell kick away from reaching his goal of returning to the Super Bowl. For an outstanding season to end in heartbreaking fashion is unfortunate - even for a Favre hater like me. Though I was a little empathetic for Favre, his interception reminded me see HAMMILL page 10

THE BLITZ

AJ Macht / Indianapolis Colts

By JOE PATERNO Sports Editor

He trekked from Weston High School to the University at Buffalo and currently has a home in Indianapolis. Now, Jamey Richard will be completing his journey down the East Coast with a weekend in Miami. The Bulls’ former offensive lineman will compete in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7., when the Indianapolis Colts take on the New Orleans Saints. The Colts’ second-year offensive lineman has come a long way since joining the Bulls in 2004. In what could be

considered a story of rags to riches, Richard has climbed from the bottom of the Mid-American Conference to the top of the National Football League. In his four years with Buffalo, the Bulls went 10-36 and finished at the bottom of the MAC standings in three of Richard’s four seasons on the team. “When I got to Buffalo, we weren’t very good,” Richard said in an interview on WGR Sports Radio 550. “My last year was a better situation, but I kind of suffered through four years before that.” Though the team struggled, Richard made a name for himself. He started 37 of 42 career games wearing UB blue. During his final two seasons, the fouryear letterman had 166 knockdowns, 25

MENS’ BASKETBALL

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lead blocks that resulted in touchdowns and allowed a staggering two sacks in 736 pass plays. As a senior, Richard became the first player in Bulls history to gain national honors after being named Pro Football Weekly All-American honorable mention. He was named Buffalo’s Male Athlete of the Year following the 2007 season and was a Second-Team All-MAC selection. Richard was also named a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, given to a player for excelling both athletically and academically. see BOWL page 10

The Cannon show By CHRIS LAW Staff Reporter

In sports, it’s more difficult to defend a title than to win it. Buffalo learned that lesson this past weekend when the wrestling team traveled to Newman Arena on the campus of Cornell to wrestle in the 41st Annual New York State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships. Buffalo managed to score just 149.5 points as the defending champions f inished third against Army and No. 6 nationally-ranked Cornell. Host Cornell won the tournament with 194 points, while Army took the second spot with 158 points. Sophomore John-Martin Cannon led the way for the Bulls as he captured Buffalo’s lone individual crown in the 165-pound weight class. On day one of the championships, Cannon eased his way into the semifinals after scoring a fall and a major decision. Cannon then earned his first trip to a New York State

Courtesy of Paul Hokanson / UB Athletics

Though the Bulls couldn’t defend their team championship, sophomore John-Martin Cannon captured the title in the 165-pound weight class at the New York State Championships.

final after a grueling 6-4 decision in double-overtime over Binghamton’s Matt Kaylor. Cannon was once again taken to the brink of overtime in the finals. In the

biggest match of his young career, Cannon defeated No. 16 nationally-ranked Justin Kerber of Cornell, 3-1. Sophomore Desi Green continued to add to his career

accomplishments as he reached his second-consecutive tournament final for the Bulls. The 17th nationally-ranked Green began the second day of competition with a 12-4 decision over Ithaca’s Blaine Woszczak for his third consecutive major decision of the weekend to advance to the finals. In a rematch of last year’s 149-pound final, Green met No. 7 ranked Matt Kyler of Army. It took two overtimes before Kyler proved to be too much as he defeated Green, 2-1. Sophomore Kevin Smith was unable to defend his 133pound state title from last year. Smith reached the final with ease but fell short in the championship bout, losing to No 6. nationally-ranked Mike Grey of Cornell, 5-2. Junior Jimmy Hamel got a taste of redemption for Buffalo in the 197-pound weight class. In a rematch of last year’s championship, Hamel see WRESTLING page 10

Bulls bested by Big Red

By CHRISTY SUHR Asst. Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams entered Ithaca empty-handed and came back with two second-place team finishes and a couple of individual records. The Bulls fell short to the hosting Big Red at the Cornell Upstate Challenge in Barton Hall on Saturday. A score of 103 points by Buffalo’s men was no match for an overwhelming 285-point effort by the Cornell men. The women’s team lost by a similar margin, overtaken by the Big Red, 279-141. S o ph o m o r e t h r o we r Kristy Woods provided the women’s team with a bright spot. With a first place shot put of 52-10 (16.10m), Woods broke the school record of 52-8.75 (16.07m), which was set by Sarah Vance in 2007. Not only did Woods break a Buffalo record, she also broke

the record for Barton Hall, previously set by Princeton’s Isabel Von Loga in 2008. Woods excelled in the weight throw event as well, winning the event with a throw of 59-2.25 (18.04m). With double wins at Cornell, Woods was selected as UB’s Athlete of the Week. Freshma n sprinter Jamiee McClary set a new record for the Bulls on the track. McClary, who holds the record in the 200-meter dash, beat the UB record for the 60-meter dash. McClary clocked a time of 7.64 seconds in the qualifying round and finished second in the finals with a time of 7.70 seconds. This time is an improvement of senior Octavia Johnston’s record of 7.73 seconds in 2007. Four other Bulls grabbed first place finishes in individual events. Freshman Brooklynn Ventura ran the

60-meter hurdles with a 9.04 second finish. Junior Tiffany Maskulinksi won the pole vault event, and fellow junior Kim Black captured the triple jump. In the women’s pentathlon, junior Ajla Glavasevic won three of the five events and came out on top with a score of 3,493 points. Individual performances by members of the men’s track team also solidified the Bulls’ second-place finish. Junior sprinter Jamal Norward led the way for the men with two solo victories. Norward placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.67 seconds. Norward then took the 60-meter hurdles in 8.18 seconds. The men’s throwers also had individual success. Senior Jake Madonia edged out sophomore teammate Rob Golabek by an inch in the shot put event. Madonia and Golabek

each set personal bests with throws of 57-7.50 (17.56m) and 57-6.50 (17.54m) respectively. Junior Matt Gac rounded out the weight throwers with a win at 61-9.75 (18.84 m). The Bulls triumphed as a team in the relay events. The women’s team secured both the 4x400 and 4x800-meter races. Allison Grimes, Katelyn Laurey, Daina Foster and Natalie Fildes combined to earn a 3:56.79 finish. Aimee Hopkins, Jackie Burns, Gillian Taylor and Leah Wightman shared in a win at 9:22.87. John Bauman, Isaiah Mask, Ryan Zillmann and Jacob Hagen captured the 4x800-meter relay for the men in 7:56.06. The Bulls will compete in a two-day event at the Penn State National Meet, starting on Friday. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

1. Kentucky 19-0 2. Kansas 18-1 3. Villanova 18-1 4. Syracuse 19-1 5. Michigan State 17-3 6. Texas 17-2 7. Georgetown 15-3 8. Duke 16-3 9. West Virginia 15-3 10. Purdue 16-3 11. Kansas State 16-3 12. BYU 20-1 13. Gonzaga 16-3 14. Tennessee 15-3 15. Temple 17-3 16. Wisconsin 16-4 17. Pittsburgh 15-4 18. Mississippi 15-4 19. Connecticut 13-6 20. Ohio State 14-6 21. Vanderbilt 15-3 22. Georgia Tech 14-5 23. New Mexico 18-3 24. Baylor 15-3 25. UAB 17-2 Calipari receives national honor

Kentucky head coach John Calipari received special thanks from President Barack Obama for helping raise more than $1 million in the “Hoops for Haiti” telethon. Obama called Calipari at the Colonial Life Arena on Monday to praise the coach and his team for their hard work. As the players crowded around the phone, Obama also encouraged them to stay focused after taking over the No. 1 spot in the national rankings this week. Calhoun still away

Connecticut men’s basketball head coach Jim Calhoun remains away from the team on medical leave. Calhoun has battled three bouts of cancer, but school officials stated that his leave is not cancer-related. There is no word on when the 67-year-old will return to the sideline.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Men’s Singles Quarterfinals

Defending Aussie Open champion Rafael Nadal was forced to concede during his quarterfinal match against No. 5 Andy Murray. Murray was leading No. 2 ranked Nadal by two sets before Nadal could not continue due to pain in his knee. American fan-favorite Andy Roddick was eliminated from the tournament after a battle in the quarterfinals. He fell to Marin Cilic in five sets. The No. 7-ranked Roddick played with an injured shoulder and experienced numbness in the fingers on his right hand.

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